RON MCCRINDELL, one of the great pioneer UK toy collectors, died in August 2011 aged 91. He was well known and well loved by the many who knew him. He was also easy to find, as he was the famed landlord of the ‘John Snow’ pub in Soho for many years.
Starting soon after World War II, he was an early collector of fine Märklin and Bing boats and formed a magnificent collection of Gauge I and 0 Gauge railways by Märklin, Carette, Bing, Bassett-Lowke and Hornby. His extensive attic railway layout rattled, sparked and steamed until almost the day that he died.
The collection also includes fine tinplate motor cars, novelty toys and stationary engines. He wrote the ever-popular ‘The Collector’s All-Colour Guide to Toy Trains’ in 1985, reprinted in 1992; he was also featured in a BBC 2 programme in 1972 about his passion for tinplate toys – ‘Ron McCrindell’s Toys’ – including scenes of him sailing some of his boats on Hampstead Ponds.
His collection is now being offered for sale at Special Auction Services in Newbury on 20 April, the latest in a series of many fine toy sales held by the firm.